* Posts by RogerT

50 posts • joined 10 Sep 2011

Remember that lost memory stick from Heathrow Airport? The terrorist's wet dream? So does the ICO


Re: Makes sense

I was unaware that it was coffee they served there

A basement of broken kit, zero budget – now get the team running


On one occasion we ran out of toilet rolls so issued some travel expenses to Mr B. O. G. Roll.

Hackers manage – just – to turn Amazon Echoes into snooping devices


Exactly my thought.

Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet


Re: Where To??

They cannot move the conference to the UK because the visa issuing department will reject most of the applications.

Heatwave shmeatwave: Brit IT departments cool their racks – explicit pics


Re: Temperature ratings

But the suits grumble about the extra 0.5% cost.

Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient


House insurance

I've just been looking at the T&Cs in my home insurance and I'm pretty sure this lock would not comply with the specification of locks that I'm required to use.

BT pushes ahead with plans to switch off telephone network


Re: Oh well

You've fallen into the common trap of assuming that everyone has usable mobile coverage. That is *NOT* the case.

Sysadmin’s worst client was … his mother! Until his sister called for help


Reverse problem

My friends children often messed up their computers and I frequently got called over to sort them out. They were clever children and not afraid to add extensions or change various settings or try anything else. Their redeeming feature was that they usually had a good idea what they'd done to mess it up and knew their limits so would call me sooner rather than later in case they made it worse.

Their parents were always annoyed with them but I took the view that they were learning and learnt from me as we always worked together to resolve the problems.

They've now left home and their parents have a computer to keep in touch with them. They don't get such an easy as they gave me!

Windows 10 to force you to use Edge, even if it isn't default browser


Don't forget the nag until submission pop-ups you'll get

"Edge is not you default browser. Do you wish to make Edge your default browser?"

Google: Class search results as journalism so we can dodge Right To Be Forgotten


Spent Convictions

In my opinion Google should not be allowed to serve up any UK spent convictions under any circumstances as employers and other bodies only have the right to this information in well defined circumstances.

Unfortunately the law has not kept up with modern life. In is now too quick and too easy to find details of spent convictions. In my opinion online publishers of such information and internet caches should be required to delete such articles at the appropriate time. The information is still retained by the police and other departments where it is genuinely needed. No one else needs access to this information except for curiosity.

EE unveils shoebox-sized router to boost Brit bumpkin broadband


Re: Optimistic thinking

I saw an Ofcom slide at a presentation last week which could be described as a Venn diagram on a map for a Welsh village. There wasn't many properties in just one area.

I also learnt that whilst my land line cannot have fibre broadband it is included in the statistics for an area that can.

Web searching died the day they invented SEO


Googling is not as easy as it used to be

Google removal of its keyword search and insistence on putting the most popular websites first makes it very difficult to find something out of the ordinary.

I would imagine finding anything on Google about a spacecraft long thought to be inoperative next to impossible.

Please reinstate your keyword search Google.

And before anyone says. The mandatory search "" does not always work.

It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower


Re: Personally

And the Sky EPGs are the worst. I suspect they take at least 20 times longer than they need to to find anything. And why on earth will they not provide an alphabetical list so you can find a particular channel quickly.

Hundreds stranded at Manchester Airport due to IT 'glitch'


Re: Surprising...

I suspect they frequented Wetherspoons to make use of the internet so that they could tweet their displeasure.

My experience of Gatwick last year was that they had the only usable internet.

I will also add that tweeting seems to be the only way to get a quick response (minutes as opposed to days) from a transportation organisation.

Blighty bloke: PC World lost my Mac Mini – and trolled my blog!


Go into Dixons/Currys/PC World dressed as a rich idiot and the droids will swoon all over you. Dress as a geek and they leave you be.

'Tech troll' sues EFF to silence 'Stupid Patent of the Month' blog. Now the EFF sues back


Re: EFF Lawyers are EFF'n Stupid

Those are known at micro% here. We also have the unit of "microsoft minutes" which seem to decrement and increment at random and bare no relation to reality.

Thousands of NHS staff details nicked amid IT contractor server hack


Re: NI number? Why?

Why the blazing heck does a dosimetry company need to know people's NI numbers?

That was my immediate reaction. I suspect that this is an excessive amount of data being stored for this particular purpose. A staff number is probably reasonable but not an a NI number.

Amazon asks for spectrum to try out IoT networking gear


What on earth does "5 minutes per hour per day per week" mean exactly?

BT installs phone 'spam filter', says it'll strain out mass cold-callers


Re: Interesting development

When I was a BT customer I used to insist on asking my own security question first. Knowing that the agent, genuine or not, never has access to my call records I always asked what was the last number I dialled. Their explanations as to why they couldn't answer my question were great fun. Then I just told them that if they couldn't prove who they were I wouldn't talk to them and hung up.

Botched Microsoft update knocks Windows 8, 10 PCs offline – regardless of ISP


Is this a UK only problem?

I'll happily admit that I live in a Microsoft free zone so this doesn't affect me but one thing interests me. Is this a UK only problem or are other countries affected as well?

UK.gov has outsourced tech policy to Ofcom because it is clueless – SNP techie


I've always felt that Ofcom pays the most heed to those who shout the loudest rather than take a balanced view from all opinions. In my opinion Ofcom should make itself more remote from big business and closer to consumer groups who represent those most affected by their decisions.

As a TV viewer, radio listener, radio amateur, marine radio licence holder I see few actions by Ofcom that are in my interests and many that are not but on the other hand these are generally in favour of business interests. Furthermore I get the feeling that Ofcom are actually frightened of some businesses.

Great British Block-Off: GCHQ floats plan to share its DNS filters


What happenswhen a DNS appears on the blacklist in error?

So what happens when a DNS appears on the blacklist in error? The thought of having to deal with an organisation like GCHQ fills me with horror. To me it sounds like a nightmare for some unfortunates.

Google killing app format used only by The 1%



Chromecast is supported by an app so mine is going to become obsolete in early 2018.

What a difference a year makes: ICO tele-spam fines break £2m barrier


They've made no difference

I'm still getting as many cold calls as I was two years ago. The only difference in the future is that I might be able to block a few more on my mobile.

Ofcom should be the BBC's ultimate overlord, UK.gov told


Good grief

Ofcom and its previous organisations have allowed the UK TV and radio broadcasters to ride roughshod over their listeners for years to the extent that their programming is dreadful. God forbid that the BBC is allowed to follow suit.

Facebook tells Viz to f**k right off


Re: Facebook? It's society in general

>For me it's any time I need to deal with a bank and have to do all that prove-your-identity / know-your-customer crap to prove that you aren't a terrorist

I always enjoy the sport of getting organisations to prove their identity to me when they ring. Their agents always claim to have no access to the information I request. It's a great sport.

Ransomware scum infect Tinseltown hospital, demand $3.6m


Re: Bastards

It means that if someone attends A&E away from their local hospitals essential records can be easily transferred.

Email apparently from Home Office warns of emails apparently from Home Office


Re: emails they deem suspicious

I've suffered both from the revenue as well.

What gets me is the only way I can find to claim a refund is via a formal complaint.


Re: emails they deem suspicious

I didn't even have to open my last letter from the revenue as it wasn't sealed which wouldn't be too bad except that my post goes through a private office.

I cannot understand the revenue's hatred of email. I would much prefer to communicate with them via email. And yes I have received one of their two week notices more than two weeks after the documents' date.

UK says wider National Insurance number use no longer a no-no


Re: any askes me for my NI Number

The one and only time I tried to get my reference number I found that the DVLA had not made the web page compatible with Linux and I live in a microsoft free housefold. At least it didn't work on any of the web browsers I had available.

The HMRC use of NiNo annoys me. They often send me letters containing my NiNo with the origin proudly displayed on the outer packaging. I've often thought of complaining to the Data Protection Registrar that they are sending sensitive personal information unencrypted.

Lloyds Bank apologises for ClickSafe verification system snafu


Clicksafe has never worked well for me and a "small" number of transactions fail. In this case "small" equates to a significant proportion. I've always assumed that Clicksafe is primarily intended for Microsoft systems.

I've never understood how entering security information for a second time protects me. As far as I'm concerned this increases the chance of fraud.

New gear needed to capture net connection records, say ISPs


Make the data collection a cost centre

Presumably the cost of data collection and provision of the information to whoever demands it can be placed on a single cost centre which can include capital costs. Surely the charges for provision of data can reflect the total costs including collection? Hopefully this would make local authorities think numerous times before making their trivial requests.

TalkTalk plays 'no legal obligation' card on encryption – fails to think of the children (read: its customers)


Good deals to join Talk Talk coming

I expect they will sort out the security of their servers and have some of the most secure systems around. Then they'll have some great deals to replenish their customers who've gone elsewhere. Perhaps this will actually be a good time to join Talk Talk?

'Traditional' forms of thuggery decline in UK, cybercrime on the rise


Except in Manchester where traditional thuggery still rules.

EE is UK's biggest loser on customer broadband gripes – AGAIN


Re: Nice list

It would be a nice list if I could decipher the colours. Some of us have poor colour vision.

Police Scotland fingered for breaching RIPA code 'multiple' times


Double standards

If I nicked 50p from a collecting box for the Police Benevolent Fund they'd name me even before charging me. Double standards.

Handing over emails in an Irish server to the FBI will spark a global free-for-all, warns Microsoft


What if this case was the other way around

I bet the Yanks would be screaming if an Irish court tried the same with an Irish Company to obtain a Yank's emails in a Yankie data centre.

C For Hell – Day Two: Outage misery continues for furious C4L customers


"its like an undertaker hanging around a hospital toting for business"

Not quite, but nearly:


I like the way Google has blurred the posts of the road sign.

Contractors who used Employee Beneficiary Trusts are in HMRC's sights


I had a tax charge appear out of the blue from the revenue. It didn't even say what the matter referred to but did contain the same dire threats.

I paid "under protest" but demanded a full explanation. To give one revenue employee their due he did ring me to say this was a "computer glitch" and wrote confirming this. Over two months later, however, I've still not got my money back.

To add insult to injury the revenue are not following their complaints procedure and have not given me a named officer dealing with my complaint.

It does seem to me that normal people should have some rights when dealing with the revenue. I'm beginning to think that I will have to go to the County Court to recover my money.

NASA briefing in HOURS: 'We are upon the CUSP of finding ANOTHER EARTH'


They're still arrest you for having an out of date passport on your return...

If you return.

Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT


Re: no matter what MS force on us

The courts could decide these are unfair terms and conditions.

One of the reasons why I no longer use windows was I got fed up with the unexpected long shut-down, boot or restart when I was in a hurry or applications no longer worked or needed tweaking to work properly. They've still shut me out!

Pan Am Games: Link to our website without permission and we'll sue


I think we should all have done what they asked. Including Google. They'd soon learn the errors of their way when they get no traffic to their site!

We forget NOTHING, the Beeb thunders at Europe


I've just looked through Auntie's list and suspect there is good reason for some of the articles to be de-listed. I'll give one possible example as illustration. Perhaps a minor is in the foster care system and estranged from their family. If, say, they are mentioned in an article which identifies their school or sports team then it becomes relatively easy for their family to locate and harass them... Or worse. This is why photography is sometimes banned at school... And the head teacher's explanation may sound weak because they cannot give a truthful one.

There is an important difference from years gone by is that all news articles world wide can now be searched from a single search engine as opposed to physically searching in libraries or local newspaper offices.

In the UK at least the search engines enable potential employers to bypass the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 so I'm not as all surprised that so many requests have been make covering Auntie's news reports. In fact I can foresee news organisations being forced by the courts to adopt similar procedures in the future. I believe that Auntie is bringing that day forward.

EEeeeeek, complaints! Ofcom roasts BT-wannabe-spouse


Re: EE

I only get their Indian call centre with heavily compressed, reduced bandwidth audio that sounds very distorted so I cannot quite comprehend what they're saying most of the time. I'm sure this doesn't comply with the UK disability regulations as I have poor hearing.


EE. That's the company that calls but cannot answer my security question (What was the last number I dialled?).

Massive TalkTalk data breach STILL causing customer scam tsunami


When I'm called by anyone I always ask questions to ascertain the caller is who they say they are. The problem is the agents are often given access to insufficient information to answer any such questions and I end up refusing to continue the conversation. But what else can I do?

Facebook: Ha! Like we'd stop researchers messing with your mind


Why are Facebook always "learning"

I'm fed up with Facebook always "learning". Why don't they bloody think in the first place? They're like a child.

New Snowden leak: US and Brit spooks 'tap into German telco networks to map end devices'


It I had anything to do with treasure map I'd make very sure that it could remove itself in double quick time.

Profs call for harsh taxes on sweet carbonated beverages


"This equates to a cool 45 gallons per head per year on average: or roughly enough to fill the Suez Canal with Peach Snapple."

What a wonderful new unit of volume. I've not noticed the Suez Canal before.

Parliament has no time for 100,000+ signature e-petitions


Lazy MPs

If they had all their conferences during the same week they could spend and extra 3 weeks in parliament.

Alternatively. Why don't they have sittings all the year and have annual leave and the odd Bank or Public Holiday like normal people?

It would put a stop to them having a foreign holiday at the beginning of August and a Cornish one two weeks later.



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